New Options Available For Cataract Patients
…you knew you didn’t want to depend on glasses after cataract surgery. Patients now have more options than ever before.
Most cataracts are a natural part of the aging process and are found to some degree in up to 65 percent of people in their 60s and more than 80 percent of people over 70 years of age. In one recent large study, 15 percent of people 52 to 85 years of age had cataracts that reduced their visual acuity to below normal. It is estimated that 5 million to 10 million people throughout the world become visually disabled every year because of cataracts. In this country alone, some 1 million cataract operations are performed each year. Symptoms associated with cataracts include blurry vision, fading or yellowing of colors, bright light sensitivity, halos that appear when looking at lights, and poor night vision.
When cataracts progress to a certain point, traditional contacts and glasses can’t correct your vision and surgery is needed to replace your eye’s natural lens with a synthetic intraocular lens, or IOL. Our surgeons will help you find the right IOL for your lifestyle. For many cataract patients, the standard IOL implant provides satisfactory vision. With standard IOLs, patients who do not have astigmatism generally achieve good distance vision without the need for glasses, though they are likely to be dependent on reading glasses for close-up vision. However, patients with significant astigmatism, or whose lifestyles make reading glasses inconvenient, often opt for an upgraded lens implant. Hoopes Vision’s cataract specialists are experts in the use of two types of premium lens: toric IOLs and multifocal IOLs. For patients who are good candidates for these IOLs, it can lead to excellent vision at a variety of distances with the need for reading glasses greatly reduced.
Hoopes Vision is one of the most technologically advanced cataract surgery centers in the world, specializing in the newest laser-assisted surgeries and multifocal lens implants. Our on-site ambulatory surgery center, EyeSurg of Utah, was the first cataract surgery center in the world to acquire multiple laser cataract systems and the first in Utah to offer the Catalys™ – the world’s most sophisticated such system. The Catalys™ Precision Laser System is the next generation in precision laser cataract surgery and allows our team of surgeons to increase the accuracy and precision of custom cataract surgery and refractive lens exchange by utilizing a computer-guided laser to perform many of the first steps of surgery rather than using manual techniques involving blades.
Learn more about laser-assisted cataract surgery.
If you have been diagnosed with cataracts or report any of the symptoms associated with cataracts, schedule a consultation to determine your treatment options by calling our office at 801.568.0200.